Final score

15 March 2014 20:45

Hellas Verona
0 - 2
18' (2nd half) Jonathan
14' Palacio
Referee: Luca Banti / Linesmen: Paganesi, Tasso / Fourth official: Nicoletti / Assistants: Rocchi, Giacomelli
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45' The ref calls an end to first-half proceedings, no added time. Inter lead Verona 1-0 thanks to Palacio's goal
43' Guarin takes aim from range, gets his effort on target but there's not enough on it and that's no trouble for Rafael
42' Guarin releases Jonathan as Inter break on the counter, the ball is played back to the Colombian but he skies his effort
41' Verona are dictating the tempo as we near the end of the half
37' Verona work their way into the Inter area with a nice move but the Nerazzurri rearguard clear their lines
33' Jonathan slides the ball into Guarin's path and the Colombian shoots from an extremely tight angle. Rafael concedes a corner
28' Toni goes down in the box following minimal contact with Ranocchia but rather too easily for the ref's liking. That's never a penalty
25' Marquinho collects the ball outside the box and unleashes a right-footer which flies not far wide of the post
22' Inter are playing mainly on the counter but looking dangerous when they get their noses into Verona territory. Palacio wins a corner
20' Romulo carries the ball forward before trying to feed Cacciatore on the overlap: it's overhit and runs out of play
17' Good defensive covering from D'Ambrosio to beat Romulo to the ball and put the ball out for a throw-in
14' GOAL FOR INTER! Jonathan feints his way past Albertazzi and crosses low for Palacio, who's well placed and can't miss from yards out. 0-1!
11' Guarin finds Icardi with a wonderful ball, the Argentine tries to bring it down but Moras gets in the challenge and Verona clear
10' D'Ambrosio has made a very promising start to this game, solid at the back and getting forward well
5' Great chance for Inter! Guarin sends over a cross, Icardi leaps well but his header cannons off the bar!
1' Welcome to the Stadio Bentegodi for Hellas Verona v Inter
1' The hosts get the ball rolling and we're under way. Forza Inter!
1' Palacio and Icardi are again the front two
1' D'Ambrosio starts on the left of a five-man midfield. Jonathan is on the opposite flank with Guarin, Cambiasso and Hernanes in the middle
1' Mazzarri has gone with Campagnaro, Ranocchia and Rolando at the back, with Handanovic taking his place between the sticks
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48' Verona 0-2 Inter! Goals from Palacio and Jonathan see us extend our unbeaten streak to six!
47' Last change for Inter: Hernanes goes off for Kuzmanovic
46' Amazing double save from Handanovic, who drops low to parry Iturbe's effort at full stretch then denies Romulo from the follow-up
44' Three minutes of added time
44' Sala has a go from distance: Handanovic parries before scooping it up
41' Third change for Verona: Donati off, Cirigliano on
41' Another substitution for Verona: Marquinho makes way for Cacia
40' Kovacic shows another flash of skill, sidestepping two opponents before going for goal. Rafael saves
40' Superb work from Kovacic, who works his way down the left of the box before dinking it over for Hernanes, who can't reach it
38' Inter in control of things here, with Kovacic, Cambiasso and Hernanes moving the ball around well in midfield
33' Hernanes makes space for the shot with a drop of the shoulder but hits it over
30' Mandorlini shuffles his pack, removing Cacciatore and throwing on Martinho in his place
30' Icardi touches on for Cambiasso, who in turn looks to play in Jonathan: the Brazilian can't quite reach it
29' Mazzarri makes another change: Kovacic is on for Guarin
27' Moras with a great chance to reduce the arrears, but thankfully he heads over from Iturbe's cross
26' Ranocchia seems to have recovered after seeing stars for a few moments: he puts Albertazzi's cross behind for a corner
25' D'Ambrosio is substituted off after putting in a solid display. Captain Zanetti is on in his place
24' Maietta and Ranocchia are both floored after a midair clash of heads. Ouch!
22' Verona on the attack and Toni gets a shot away, Campagnaro deflects it behind for a corner
18' 0-2 to Inter! Hernanes inspires and Jonathan scores at the third attempt after his first two efforts are blocked
17' Iturbe beats Jonathan and Campagnaro before firing wildly over
15' Icardi collects the ball in the centre of the box, brings it under control and shoots on the spin: high over the bar
13' Neat play by Inter as Hernanes finds Icardi, who lays it back to Guarin. The Colombian attempts to place it into the top corner: wide
10' Hernanes tries to catch out Rafael with a stunning free kick from out wide: he's denied by the bar!
9' Albertazzi is cautioned for a foul on Jonathan
7' Brilliant defensive work from Ranocchia there to cut out a ball heading towards Iturbe in a threatening position
7' A well-struck 20-yarder from Hernanes is saved by Rafael
5' Cambiasso's name goes into the ref's book for a foul on Marquinho
3' A useful free kick from Hernanes is knocked down by Palacio but Guarin can't control it at the far post
1' We're up and running again here at the Bentegodi. Forza Inter!
Average rating 6.99
4 shots on target 7
4 shots off target 8
8 fouls committed 8
3 corners 5
2 offsides 1
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VERONA - Three points and lots of positives to take. That's how we can sum up Inter's 2-0 victory over Verona at the Stadio Bentegodi this evening, as Palacio and Jonathan helped the Nerazzurri temporarily leapfrog Fiorentina into fourth place.

Inter shot out of the blocks at full pelt and within five minutes of kick-off had already rattled the bar through Icardi, Guarin providing the cross. Mazzarri's men took the lead in the 14th minute when Jonathan jigged his way past Albertazzi on the right and drilled a low delivery across the six-yard box to Palacio, who put the icing on his new contract with the easiest of finishes into an open net.

Verona weren't put out by Inter's opener and began to crank up the pressure as the Nerazzurri dropped off a bit. Toni went down in the box after contact with Ranocchia but it was nothing to warrant a penalty and Mr Banti rightly declined to blow his whistle. The first period ended with the visitors a goal to the good.

Ten minutes into the second half Hernanes took a quick free kick from out wide, only to see his curling effort smack against the crossbar. Minutes later a well-worked Inter move ended with Icardi teeing up Guarin, whose attempt flew wide.

It wasn't long before the second goal did come and it was the provider of the first who turned goalscorer himself. Hernanes threaded an inch-perfect ball into the path of Jonathan, who eventually fired into the back of the net with his left after seeing his first two attempts blocked.

Moras was presented with a wonderful opportunity to halve the deficit on 72 minutes but failed to keep his header down from a great position. Handanovic then came to the rescue in added time, clawing away Iturbe's drive before bouncing to his feet to keep out Romulo's follow-up effort.

Hellas Verona 0-2 Inter (HT 0-1)
Scorers: Palacio 14, Jonathan 63.

Hellas Verona: 1 Rafael; 29 Cacciatore (Martinho 75), 18 Moras, 22 Maietta, 3 Albertazzi; 26 Sala, 5 Donati (Cirigliano 86), 7 Marquinho (Cacia 86); 2 Romulo, 9 Toni, 15 Iturbe.
Subs not used: 12 Nicolas, 4 Pillud, 11 Jankovic, 17 Donsan, 19 Rabusic, 23 Gonzalez, 25 Marques, 30 Donadel.
Coach: Andrea Mandorlini.

Inter: 1 Handanovic; 14 Campagnaro, 23 Ranocchia, 35 Rolando; 2 Jonathan, 13 Guarin (Kovacic 74), 19 Cambiasso, 88 Hernanes (Kuzmanovic 90+2), 33 D'Ambrosio (Zanetti 70); 8 Palacio, 9 Icardi.
Subs not used: 30 Carrizo, 12 Castellazzi, 6 Andreolli, 20 Botta, 21 Taider, 22 Milito, 25 Samuel.
Coach: Walter Mazzarri.

Referee: Banti.
Booked: Donati 28, Cambiasso 51, Albertazzi 54.
Added time: 0+3 minutes.

starting lineups

Rafael 1 1 Handanovic
Cacciatore 29 14 Campagnaro
Moras 18 23 Ranocchia
Maietta 22 35 Rolando
Albertazzi 3 2 Jonathan
Sala 26 13 Guarin
Donati 5 19 Cambiasso
Marquinho 7 88 Hernanes
Romulo 2 33 D'Ambrosio
Toni 9 8 Palacio
Iturbe 15 9 Icardi


Nicolas 12 30 Carrizo
Pillud 4 12 Castellazzi
Martinho 6 4 Zanetti
Cacia 8 6 Andreolli
Jankovic 11 10 Kovacic
Cirigliano 14 17 Kuzmanovic
Donsan 17 20 Botta
Rabusic 19 21 Taïder
Gonzalez 23 22 Milito
Marques 25 25 Samuel
Donadel 30